Skateboard Buying Guide

Skate Buying Guide

A skateboard is made up of six main parts: the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tape and hardware. Our skateboard buying guide will provide you with the info that you need to know to get your first skateboard, or create a custom skateboard with the parts of your choice from your favorite brands.

Anatomy of a skateboard
DECKS

Let’s pick out your skateboard deck! This is the best part of the skateboard buying process. If this is your first time buying a skateboard then choose a deck from your favorite skateboard brand, pro skater, or even a graphic you like.

Don’t worry about length or shape at the moment. Decks are organized by width so you can choose a width that meets your needs and aligns with the type of skateboarding you want to do. If you have feet smaller than size 3 you may want to consider a mini deck. Deck width is personal and based on feel.

7.75” to 8.0”: Common deck size that’s great for flip tricks. Ridden by pros such as Rodney Mullen, Boo Johnson, and Eliana Sosco.

8.0” to 8.5”: Most popular deck width, excellent for street skating and parks. Ridden by pros such as Lizzie Armanto, Brad Cromer, and Andrew Reynolds.

8.5” and up: Wider decks are great for transition skating, bigger street tricks, pools, or just cruising. Ridden by pros such as Milton Martinez, Nora Vasconcellos, and Brian Anderson.

All boards seen in the link below, are good for skateboarders of all levels of experience, even pros. Shop Decks

TRUCKS

Trucks allow your skateboard to turn and connect your skateboard deck with its wheels. Trucks should generally be the same width as your skateboard deck. Every skateboard needs two trucks. Truck width is a personal preference.

Use the link below, and go pick out two trucks in the same general width as your deck. All truck product-pages, will have size charts to help you find the perfect size of skateboard trucks for your deck. Shop Trucks

WHEELS

Fun fact, they are not called tires. The most common question regarding skateboard wheels is what kind of skateboard wheels should I get? While there are many factors on picking out a set of skateboard wheels you should mostly focus on the wheel size and wheel hardness (durometer).

SIZES:
Below are some general size suggestions based on the style of riding you might be interested in:

  • 52mm-56mm: for street and park skating.
  • 56mm-65mm: for vert, ramps, and bowls.
  • 65mm-70mm: for cruising and carving.

HARDNESS / DUROMETER:

So what type of skateboarding are you going to do? If you are mostly going to skate streets and parks you will want a harder skateboard wheel. If you are mostly going to use your skateboard for cruising or transportation you may want a softer wheel that will be more forgiving on rough surfaces and small cracks.

Street and park skateboard wheels are going to be the hardest on the durometer scale. Cruiser wheels are going to be the softest and allow you to go over cracks and a multitude of skateboard surfaces with ease. The higher the durometer(a) the harder the wheel.

Go pick out a set of wheels that align with how you’d like to ride. Shop Wheels

BEARINGS

Bearings are used to attach your wheels to your trucks while still allowing them to spin freely. Higher quality bearings will spin easier and are typically more durable.

We carry a wide variety of skateboard bearings, no matter what brand you choose you can’t go wrong. Shop Bearings

GRIP TAPE

Think of grip tape as adhesive backed sand paper, just better. Grip tape is applied to the top of your skateboard deck to provide traction and enables you to do tricks. Apply grip tape to your deck before mounting trucks; don’t put grip tape over your hardware.

We have a great selection of graphic grip tape, colored grip tape, and die-cut grip tape. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Shop Grip Tape

HARDWARE

Hardware is a no-brainer. Hardware has one function: to mount your trucks to your deck. Unless you are using riser pads, any 1″ hardware will do. If you are using risers you will need to take into account the thickness of your riser pads and add 1” to the length of your hardware.

Hardware should be tight enough that resistance is felt and the heads of the bolts become flush with the top of your skateboard deck. Shop Skate Hardware

SKATE TOOLS

So what tools do you need to build a skateboard? The tools you will need are a 3/8” socket or wrench, a ½” socket or wrench, a 9/16” socket or wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver. You may need an Alan wrench depending on the type of bolts you are using. You could rummage around your garage trying to find all the tools you need or invest in a skate tool.

Check out our great selection of skate tools, they have everything you need to assemble your skate complete. Shop Skate Tools

Skate Buying Guide

A skateboard is made up of six main parts: the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tape and hardware. Our skateboard buying guide will provide you with the info that you need to know to get your first skateboard, or create a custom skateboard with the parts of your choice from your favorite brands.

Anatomy of a skateboard

DECKS

Let’s pick out your skateboard deck! This is the best part of the skateboard buying process. If this is your first time buying a skateboard then choose a deck from your favorite skateboard brand, pro skater, or even a graphic you like.

Don’t worry about length or shape at the moment. Decks are organized by width so you can choose a width that meets your needs and aligns with the type of skateboarding you want to do. If you have feet smaller than size 3 you may want to consider a mini deck. Deck width is personal and based on feel.

7.75” to 8.0”: Common deck size that’s great for flip tricks. Ridden by pros such as Rodney Mullen, Boo Johnson, and Eliana Sosco.

8.0” to 8.5”: Most popular deck width, excellent for street skating and parks. Ridden by pros such as Lizzie Armanto, Brad Cromer, and Andrew Reynolds.

8.5” and up: Wider decks are great for transition skating, bigger street tricks, pools, or just cruising. Ridden by pros such as Milton Martinez, Nora Vasconcellos, and Brian Anderson.

All boards seen in the link below, are good for skateboarders of all levels of experience, even pros. Shop Decks


TRUCKS

Trucks allow your skateboard to turn and connect your skateboard deck with its wheels. Trucks should generally be the same width as your skateboard deck. Every skateboard needs two trucks. Truck width is a personal preference.

All skateboard truck product pages will have size charts to help you find the perfect size of skateboard trucks for your deck. We have the very best skateboard trucks for all types of skating.


WHEELS

Fun fact, they are not called tires. The most common question regarding skateboard wheels is what kind of skateboard wheels should I get? While there are many factors on picking out a set of skateboard wheels you should mostly focus on the wheel size and wheel hardness (durometer).

SIZES:
Below are some general size suggestions based on the style of riding you might be interested in:

  • 52mm-56mm: for street and park skating.
  • 56mm-65mm: for vert, ramps, and bowls.
  • 65mm-70mm: for cruising and carving.

HARDNESS / DUROMETER:

So what type of skateboarding are you going to do? If you are mostly going to skate streets and parks you will want a harder skateboard wheel. If you are mostly going to use your skateboard for cruising or transportation you may want a softer wheel that will be more forgiving on rough surfaces and small cracks.

Street and park skateboard wheels are going to be the hardest on the durometer scale. Cruiser wheels are going to be the softest and allow you to go over cracks and a multitude of skateboard surfaces with ease. The higher the durometer(a) the harder the wheel.

Go pick out a set of wheels that align with how you’d like to ride. Shop Wheels


BEARINGS

Bearings are used to attach your wheels to your trucks while still allowing them to spin freely. Higher quality bearings will spin easier and are typically more durable.

We carry a wide variety of skateboard bearings, no matter what brand you choose you can’t go wrong. Shop Bearings


GRIP TAPE

Think of grip tape as adhesive backed sand paper, just better. Grip tape is applied to the top of your skateboard deck to provide traction and enables you to do tricks. Apply grip tape to your deck before mounting trucks; don’t put grip tape over your hardware.

We have a great selection of graphic grip tape, colored grip tape, and die-cut grip tape. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Shop Grip Tape


HARDWARE

Hardware is a no-brainer. Hardware has one function: to mount your trucks to your deck. Unless you are using riser pads, any 1″ hardware will do. If you are using risers you will need to take into account the thickness of your riser pads and add 1” to the length of your hardware.

Hardware should be tight enough that resistance is felt and the heads of the bolts become flush with the top of your skateboard deck. Shop Skate Hardware


SKATE TOOLS

So what tools do you need to build a skateboard? The tools you will need are a 3/8” socket or wrench, a ½” socket or wrench, a 9/16” socket or wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver. You may need an Alan wrench depending on the type of bolts you are using. You could rummage around your garage trying to find all the tools you need or invest in a skate tool.

Check out our great selection of skate tools, they have everything you need to assemble your skate complete. Shop Skate Tools